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Last updated: 11 October 2014 see News.
Please try my new Diabetes Management website, www.diaman.net.
IMPORTANT UPDATE (3-Nov-13)
This website describes the first phase of work I did on developing an insulin pump I started in 2007. The design has now been superseded by an almost complete redesign that addresses flow control from a pressurised reservoir, accurate delivery, a detector for delivery confirmation, occlusion detection and fill and empty detection, and failure detection. However I won't be publishing any more details for copyright/patent reasons. Lack of money and time due to other commitments put this new phase of developmet on hold.
With such amazing technology around why isn't there a small discreet easy to use way of delivering insulin?
When my daughter (pictured above) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before her 8th birthday in 2007 I decided I'd have a go at designing and building a delivery system that could improve her quality of life. So I'm developing a discreet, wearable insulin delivery system that can be controlled via a mobile phone, or activated manually. I'm not calling it an insulin pump because initially I'm not intending it to work over the whole day; but just deliver boluses when requested by the user.
This web site will keep you up to date with my progress and describe my progress so far. If you're new to the web site, read the first part of the "Overview" page to get an good idea of the project.
My only motivation is to give my daughter a better quality of life. I am not intending to make any money, that's why I'm putting everything on this web site. If some one can do a better job then please take any or all of the ideas here and go ahead and do it. If there's a company director reading this who thinks they could get this done, and thinks they can make some money out of it please take all the ideas you want. I not going to copyright anything or patent anything - take what you want. Just get it done as fast as you can so my daughter can benefit as soon as possible.
COMPANIES, UNIVERSITIES, VENTURE CAPITALISTS - WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE THIS TO MARKET? PLEASE GET IN CONTACT. (1-August-13) PRESENTLY IN THE PLANNING STAGE TO FUND THIS PROJECT, BUT PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU CAN.
FINISHED VERSION 1 PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE
Completed production prototype in my hand. It's only 7mm thick, length 50mm, width 35mm.
Here is a comparison with the medtronic pump. Note, the Medtronic pump is also 20mm thick.
WATCH THE TEST-BED DEMO VIDEO HERE.
PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE VIDEO HERE.
Main advantages over presently available pumps and soon to be released pumps.
- Size. I'm pretty sure it's smaller than every available pump and all the pumps that are about to come out. Specifically the thickness which I think is the most important dimension.
- Portability. You don't have to carry around a PDA, boluses can be delivered via the button on the pump.
- Furthermore if you do keep the controller with you, it's just a standard phone which reduces the number of devices you have to carry.
Here is a list of links to the best (in my opionion) new small pumps that are close to being available.
www.cellnovo.com (UK company! UPDATE: Message from Cellnove 25-Feb-13 tells me they are CE Marked and are preparing to launch in the EU and are planning FDA approval)
www.jewelpump.com (I really like this one).
www.steadymed.co.il (no progress on this for ages, but it look like it would be nice and small)
www.medingo.com (Solo pump, bought by Roche and not scheduled for release until 2012 - why?)
and the only pump that is currently available that comes close to these AND is now available in the UK is the Omnipod. It's far from perfect. No bolus button. Not reusable. Not that small (particularly the profile), although a smaller version has just come out. Custom handset that looks large and unattractive. But I do like the fact that the handset has a built in glucose meter and uses what I consider the best test strips on the market.